In 2009, the tenth anniversary of the change of law that permitted homosexuality in the Armed Forces, it was generally accepted that the lifting of the ban had had no negative effect on the operational effectiveness on a military that still considers itself world class, and indeed that it increased productivity by freeing gay and lesbian soldiers from the effort of hiding their sexual orientation.The anniversary was widely celebrated, including in the Army's in house publication Soldier Magazine, with a series of articles including the July 2009 Cover Story and articles in all the national newspapers.In February 2005, the Royal Navy joined Stonewall's Diversity Champions programme, followed in November 2006 by the Royal Air Force and by the British Army, the largest of the three services, in June 2008, to promote good working conditions for all existing and potential employees and to ensure equal treatment for those who are lesbian, gay and bisexual.At London Pride 2008, all three armed services marched in uniform for the first time, whilst the [Royal Navy] had marched in uniform alongside other military colleagues in Proud2Serve Tshirts for the preceding two years.We are the only organization to routinely screen daters we feel may not be a good fit for our clients.
In 1998, Stonewall was approached by Jeanette Smith, who had been thrown out of the Royal Air Force, and Duncan Lustig Prean, a Royal Navy commander who was being dismissed.Gay and lesbian citizens have been allowed to serve openly in the Her Majesty's Armed Forces since 2000.The United Kingdom's policy is to allow homosexual men, lesbians and transgender personnel to serve openly, and discrimination on a sexual orientation basis is forbidden.We don't find anything romantic about whistles, name-tags or over-the-top party trimmings typically found at singles events so we have done away with them.Creating an atmosphere that is at once casual and comfortable. For those that prefer the same simplified experience in matchmaking we offer our 'Date Nights' free of contracts or commitments.(According to a national opinion poll published a week before the ruling, the ban had been opposed by 68% of Britons.) The judgment of the Court was a vindication of the rights of lesbians and gay men and the Labour government of the time immediately announced that they would lift the ban.This took place on 12 January 2000, and a new general code of sexual conduct was introduced.A fabulous way to visit or re-visit some of the best the city has to offer.As a reporter for LA Talk said, “ I walked through the venue without even noticing the tables of daters; events are so chic and low key you might just walk right by.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. Much like a private club, not every dater is for us.Civil partners are also allowed accommodation in military housing, security clearance and allowances.Our events offer a fresh alternative to speed dating and matchmaking.